Friday, October 4, 2013

Illegal Fishing Roundup IV

European Union – October 2, 2013 – New York Times - OpEd
A historical moment for the life of the oceans is at hand as the Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament wrangles with proposed legislation to phase out the use of deep-sea-bottom trawls and other destructive fishing gear in the Northeast Atlantic. And yet this crucial legislation could well be killed in coming days, not least because some of the committee’s 25 members represent districts with powerful interests in deep-sea fishing.

Worldwide – October 3, 2013 – phys.org
Marine scientists warned Thursday that our oceans are declining more rapidly than previously thought—becoming ever warmer and more acidic and losing oxygen at an alarming rate.  This is all happening in marine ecosystems already damaged by human activities like overfishing and pollution, said the document.

Seychelles – October 3, 2013 – gcaptain.com
European Union Naval Forces (EUNAVFOR) reports today that eleven people of Somali origin have been convicted today of piracy by the Seychelles Supreme Court.  The pirates were operating from a fishing dhow towing two skiffs approximately 400 nautical miles off Somalia when they were apprehended by the Royal Netherlands Navy frigate, HNLMS Van Amstel, on 11 May 2012.

Somalia – September 28, 2013 – All Africa
The coastguard of Somalia's northeastern state of Puntland have seized three small fishing vessels, a boat and 25 Yemeni sailors off the coast of Bossaso on Saturday, Garowe Online reports.

European Union – September 30, 2013 – seafoodnews.com
The reformed Common Fisheries Policy will enter into force at the beginning of 2014. The European Commission has earmarked €6.5 billion for the implementation of the new CFP. But how the money will be spent, and how the new rules will be enforced, remain unclear. The ban on discarding unwanted fish overboard is one of the most contentious new rules agreed in the reformed CFP. EU data show that EU fishermen currently discard an average of 25% of their catches, with as much as 70% in some fisheries

Mozambique – October 3, 2013 – bernama.com
The Mozambican government is setting aside more than US$60 million over the next five years for the transformation of the country’s coastal zone into centres of development.

Worldwide – October 1, 2013 – worldfishing.net
The latest UN Climate Change assessment shows the depth that the ocean is suffering with the effects of increased levels of carbon dioxide from climate change. - See more at:

Russia – September 27, 2013 – seafoodnews.com
The Federal Anti-monopoly service in

Hong Kong – October 3, 2013 – foxnews.com
Hong Kong customs agents have seized nearly a ton of illegal ivory worth about $1.5 million in the third big bust of endangered species products in three months.

European Union – October 3, 2013 – fis.com
National and Galician authorities expressed their views against ratifying the fisheries agreement between Mauritania and the European Union (EU) in front of European members of Parliament from different political parties in Spain.

Ghana – October 2, 2013 – citifmonline.com
Ghana is collaborating with other West African States to check illegal fishing following the EU’s ban of the export of raw and processed tuna from the sub-region and its member countries. Ghana has lost several million Euros in exports and several workers have lost their jobs in response to the ban.

Russia – October 3, 2013 –The Guardian
All 30 of those arrested during a Greenpeace protest against Arctic oil drilling have now been charged with piracy by Russian authorities, and face trials that could see them jailed for up to 15 years. There are nationals of 18 different countries among the group, including six Britons.

Malaysia – October 1, 2013 – The Sun Daily
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission detained eight men to facilitate investigations into a syndicate which had bribed its way into illegal trawling fishing in Malaysian waters.  The syndicate is believed to have bribed enforcement officers.

Somalia – September 28, 2013 – All Africa
The coast guard of Somalia’s northeastern state, Puntland, has seized three small fishing vessels, a boat, and 25 Yemeni sailors.  The fishing vessels were equipped with modern instruments that could lead to a total eradication of marine resources, according to the Director General of Puntland Ministry of Maritime Transport, Port and Counter Piracy.

China – October 1, 2013 – Shenzhen
An illegal 13,000 square meter dock was demolished in the Nashan District of China.  The Shenzhen Evening News reported the dock was used for illegal fishing and smuggling activities.

France – September 30, 2013 – Radio France International
French President Francois Hollande and Mozambique’s leader Francisco Guebeza together visited a shipyard in the northern French port of Cherbourg to watch the work start on 30 boast that are to be built for the Mozambican government.

New Zealand – October 1, 2013 – worldfishing.net
A new trawl that has been described as “revolutionary” has been revealed by scientists and three fishing companies in New Zealand.

Editorial – October 1, 2013 – gcaptain.com
The future of shipping will, in part, be about data. Big data. We know this because there are a lot of people telling us so, and some of them are in a position to influence outcomes. . .

Italy – October 4, 2013 – Sydney Morning Herald
A ship carrying African migrants to Europe caught fire and capsized on Thursday off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa, killing at least 114 people as hundreds were dumped into the sea, officials said.
Over 150 people were rescued but about the same number were still unaccounted for.

Atlantic – October 3, 2013 – Undercurrentnews.com
Prices for larger sized farmed Atlantic salmon are expected to fall sharply in week 41, bringing other prices down slightly with them, wrote Anders Milde Gjendemsjo, head of research at Norne Securities, in a note on Thursday.

Spain – October 2, 2013 – Intrafish.com
Pescanova, which has made negative headlines throughout this year, recently rolled out a new chilled sushi line for retail.

Russia – October 1, 2013 – worldfishing.net
Russia plans to significantly increase its presence in the world’s oceans and to increase the volume of catch outside its territorial waters, according to an official statement of the Russian Ministry of Agriculture.

Canada/US- October 1, 2013 – intrafish.com
High Liner Foods of Canada reported on Tuesday that it has acquired the principal assets and operations of the American Pride Seafood group, a US-based value-added seafood foodservice.

Sweden – October 3, 2013 – FIS.com
A giant bloom of moon jellyfish (Aurelia aurita) on the Swedish coast of the Baltic Sea forced Sweden’s biggest nuclear reactor to stop operating after the invasion blocked the cooling water inlet.

Canada – October 3, 2013 – FIS.com
At this year’s annual meeting in Halifax, the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) adopted a range of measures to strengthen the conservation and management of key fish stocks and to protect vulnerable marine ecosystems (VME) that form habitat for many of those species.

Scotland – October 2, 2013 – seafoodnews.com
Scotland’s whisky and salmon industries are planning to partner in a project that will convert waste from whisky production into feed for salmon and fish farming.

Russia – October 2, 2013 – seafoodnews.com
The Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo) is proposing reducing incentives for exports of Russian fish and seafood, through the abolishment of VAT refund and preferential rate for the use of water biological resources.

Florida, U.S. – October 1, 2013 – keynews.com
The spiny lobster season is off to a good start this year, with fishermen reporting large catches and an increase demand from China propping up the prices.  However, trap robbing has also been a problem this year.

United States – October 1, 2013 – huffingtonpost.com
One troubling casualty of the federal government shutdown is the suspension of the Food and Drug Administration's food safety inspection program.

Thailand – September 27, 2013 – undercurrentnews.com
Skipjack tuna prices in Bangkok are trending down for early October, as large Thai canners look for $1,800/metric ton, cost and freight (CFR) and traders try and hold on.

Philippines – September 28, 2013 – SunStar.com
SIX people were arrested for illegal fishing by police forces off shore Zamboanga del Sur province, the police reported.

Philippines – October 3, 2013 – Philippine Information Agency
Anchoring on the message of President Benigno Aquino III’s during the State of the Nation Address on the “need to rest our seas,” the Greenpeace Southeast Asia led different civic society organizations and stakeholders in Bicol region in the call for action to curb illegal commercial fishing activities in the region, especially in the Burias-Ticao Pass in Masbate province.

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